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Ida Barbour Early Learning Center – New Discoveries

Look into the eyes of every child and you will see their eagerness to learn. There’s a spark with each new discovery. And each new discovery is a step in the pathway to future learning. At Ida Barbour Early Learning Center, we prepare each child for success in school, in community, and in life. Our aim is to enhance quality of life for at-risk children and their families by providing care in a safe, nurturing, and highly enriching environment. Our staff of loving, giving, and nurturing educators focuses every effort toward providing each child with the best opportunity to succeed in life.

Our Vision

Historic Ida Barbour Early Learning Center is a welcoming, safe, healthy and stimulating environment that facilitates the educational, personal and physical development of children and their families.

Our Mission

Ida Barbour Early Learning Center will prepare children for success in school, success in the community and success in life.

Remember to GIVE LOCAL on May 9th

Give Local 757 will be held again this year on May 9, 2017. This 24-hour giving event aims to raise a million dollars for local nonprofit organizations–including IBELC! Last year’s event was a great success for us, but, with your help, this year can be even BETTER…So get your hashtags ready, put on your best selfie smile, and get ready to GIVE LOCAL! To find out how YOU can make the biggest impact, click here.

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Spare Change Exchange

Field trips are a great way to allow young children to explore the world around them and learn from their experiences.  We are currently planning our annual trip to the Virgina Zoo in Norfolk, but we need YOUR help!  In order to help offset the expense of transportation and admission, we have set up a “Spare Change Exchange” jug in the entry way at IBELC.  Every little bit helps, so the next time you visit our center, please consider donating your spare change to this effort.  Click here or contact our center for more details.  This fundraiser will run through the end of April.

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Don’t Forget to GIVE LOCAL on May 3rd!

In only a few short months, IBELC will be participating in Give Local 757, a 24-hour event that aims to raise up to $1 million for 200 of our local nonprofits.  Join the movement by scheduling a reminder today to give to all of your favorite LOCAL nonprofits on this historic day.  Just click here!

Giving Day Reminder

Holiday Cards Are Now On Sale!

Holiday cards are now on sale! Priced at $10, cards are sold in packs of 10 (with envelopes) and feature artwork created by one of IBELC’s own students. All proceeds directly benefit IBELC. Visit our center or see a board member to purchase your holiday cards today!
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We are United Way of South Hampton Roads Agency #5025 Combined Federal Campaign - South Hampton Roads Agency #28037#